Moving kite balloon into open, preparatory to sending it aloft. Artillery fire in World War was mostly "blind," directed at targets out of the gunners' sight. Observers in captive balloons directed the fire by telephone.
EYES OF THE ARTILLERY
American observation balloon directing fire of French artillery, seen scattered about the fields in background. In foreground, 308th Engs., 83rd Div., are repairing the road between Bethincourt and Cuisy, Meuse, Oct. 5, 1918.